People often remark on the level detail in my artwork, and say I must have lots of patience. It’s no secret I have a love of tiny details, also mammoth projects that take years, preferably both at once (see Lighter Than My Shadow). But the truth is this kind of work isn’t a test of patience for me. This is what I love. Having recently completed this Alasdair Roberts poster using scratch board, perhaps the epitome of a painstaking medium, I’m finding myself drawn back to using it again. It’s the same thing, I think, that means I enjoy knitting so much – another activity that brings remarks on how much patience I have. But it only has to do with patience if you focus on the end result. Yes it might take me a year to knit a sweater, or five years to draw a whole book. But when I finished drawing the book that took me five years, it was like the bottom fell out of my world. I have felt lost, listless and it’s taken me two years to recover any sense of what to do when I get up in the morning. Two years to realise that the finished product was not the important thing at all. I’m not saying I don’t want to knit sweaters or make books: that’s what I want to to all day every day! It’s just that I’m realising I’m not in this for the finishing. In the end, any books or sweaters are kind of incidental. What matters more is the act of making. I’m wary of this starting to sound a little wacky so I’ll tread carefully. I love creating the most when I’m utterly engaged in the process. Time drifts and my purpose becomes irrelevant: I am absorbed in each tiny mark or stitch. I’ve found that generally the more longwinded and painstaking a process is, the more effective it is at inducing this kind of meditative state where I am at my happiest. Finding this sweet spot amid deadlines, the (real or perceived) pressure to finish something new and the very real need to sell things, well that’s a different kind of challenge…but lately I’m enjoying meticulous processes that remind me they are the best bit. The above is my charming new house! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks packing, shifting and unpacking boxes. I’m still living with a significant degree of chaos but hope to show you around my new studio soon.
I have been so enjoying test knitting the Raspberry Twirl jumper for @francescahughesknitwear 💙 in delicious yarns from @violaemily 🌝 . I am a terrible test knitter because apparently a sequence of three garter stripes is too difficult for me, so I have only one sleeve so far...😂🐸🐸🐸 #knitting #testknit #raspberrytwirl #francescahughesknitwear #violayarn
Tintagel yesterday. I could not resist 🏊 #wildswimming #cornwall #whoneedsthemediterranean
This is not quite the family portrait my Mum has been asking for, but nonetheless I think it sums us up pretty well! 😂 Thanks for this 📷@akjohanson
Been making some new friends (nobody tell Jack!)
I want to borrow this idea for a living wall from Buckfast Abbey Millenium Garden. 🌱🌿🌱 I'm enjoying a wonderful holiday-at-home with my dear friends @molliejohanson and @akjohanson
This little guy has been in our lives exactly three years. It has flown by, but at the same time it doesn't seem enough. Jack is part of the family and it feels like he always has been. Best decision we ever made. #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #rescuedogsarethebestdogs #whorescuedwho
Misty on the moor this morning.
A new episode of The Green Bean Podcast is here! I'm unusually nervous about this one, maybe because it has been a little while. Also, it's more chatty than usual because I had so many adventures to tell you about. I hope you enjoy watching 😊 #katiegreenbean #thegreenbeanpodcast #knittingpodcast #drawingpodcast #sewingpodcast #craftpodcast #youtuber
Holiday WIPs: two new Yorkshire-themed cast-ons! I'll introduce them both in the next podcast episode 🎥😀
Topped off a wonderful week with another wonderful swim. Now home to my other family, and to record a podcast about my recent adventures!
Gordale scar at 7am.